Book by Terrence McNally, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the novel by Manuel Puig
Directed & Choreographed by Rachel Bertone
Music Direction by Dan Rodriguez
Scenic Design by Janie E. Howland
Costume Design by Marian Bertone
Lighting Design by Frank Meissner Jr.
Sound Design by Andrew Duncan Will
Projection by Johnathan Carr
Production Stage Manager: L. Arkansas Light
Assistant Stage Manager: Nerys Powell
Production sponsored by Nina & Don Berk
Music Director Dan Rodriguez sponsored by Jo-An Heileman
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Cast & Crew
Eddy Cavazos – Molina
Eddy Cavazos (Molina) is making his Lyric Stage debut. He most recently appeared in his solo cabaret, #Masc4Mascara, at Don’t Tell Mama in NYC. Other credits include Manuel vs. The Statue of Liberty (The Gallery Players), White Christmas(Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Junie B. Jones (Theatre Aspen), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatre Aspen), Hairspray (All Star Theatre), and The Little Mermaid (Fiddlehead Theatre Company). He would like to thank the entire cast and creative team for their hard work, his family and friends for encouraging him to tell stories, and everyone who continuously supports the arts! M.F.A. from the Boston Conservatory. @yayitseddy
Taavon Gamble* – Valentin
Taavon Gamble* (Valentin) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Tour: Seussical. Regional: Ragtime, Oklahoma! (Trinity Rep), The Scottsboro Boys (SpeakEasy Stage), North Shore Music Theatre, Dames at Sea (Greater Boston Stage Company), A Chorus Line (New Bedford Festival Theatre), Theatre By The Sea, Ivoryton Playhouse, Reagle Music Theatre, The Hanover Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, West Virginia Public and others. Point Park University graduate.
Lisa Yuen* – Spider Woman / Aurora
Lisa Yuen (Spider Woman / Aurora) returns to the Lyric Stage having previously appeared in Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Local credits include The King and I (North Shore Music Theatre), Mary Poppins (Wheelock Family Theatre), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Theatre by the Sea), and New Rep. Other credits include seven and a half years on Broadway (Miss Saigon, …Spelling Bee), four national tours (The King and I, Flower Drum Song, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Pirates of Penzance), Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, regional theatre (including Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, PCLO, and Sacramento Music Circus ), and TV/film (including 23 episodes as “Rachel” on All My Children, Body of Proof, The Martha Stewart Show, World Trade Center). Brookline mom to twins. B.A. from UCLA. Thanks to Mom, Kevin, and family. Upcoming: Ragtime (Wheelock Family Theatre).
Bernie Baldassaro – Ensemble
Bernie Baldassaro (Ensemble) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Favorite Credits include A Chorus Line, The Music Man, 42nd Street (Reagle Music Theatre), High School Musical 2, Cinderella (North Shore Music Theatre), Columbinus (Huntington Theatre), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Greater Boston Stage Co.), Anne of Green Gables (Wheelock Family Theatre), and Junie B. Jones (Cidermill Playhouse). This holiday season, Bernie will be spreading Christmas cheer across the country on the Broadway national tour of Elf the Musical! Proud alumni of Ithaca College with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. berniebaldassaro.com
Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda* –
Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda* (Molina’s Mother) is a songstress, actor, and advocate for the arts, and is making her Lyric Stage debut. She has workshopped and taught everything theatre from Voice to Shakespeare and continues to mentor young artists through coaching. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance at Cornell College. She is also known for her involvement and dedication to the development of new works through acting and directing in numerous new work festivals. Most recently she did a reading of Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia in NYC. She is also currently developing a new piece about Ethel Merman. Her favorite regional theatre productions include In the Heights, The Clean, The Toxic Avenger, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, Steel Magnolias, Spitfire Grill, and Oliver! (Phoenix Symphony). Johanna also found great joy in performing in Next to Normal, Learn to Be Latina, The Rocky Horror Show. From Wheelock Family Theatre to Ft. Peck Summer Theatre to Phoenix Theatre, Johanna goes where the challenging work takes her. Johanna is a current member of Actors’ Equity Association. She adores mixology, music, culture and traveling and currently resides in Phoenix, AZ. She has also fostered a great love of theatre and music in her immensely talented son, Maxx. Mad love to Rachel and Dan for allowing me to lay this role and sing one of the best songs in musical theatre. Paul and Maxx, you make my world bright and beautiful. I love you.
Arthur Cuadros* – Emilio/Ensemble
Arthur Cuadros (Emilio/Ensemble) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Arthur studied extensively with Debbie Allen at her studio in Los Angeles. He continued his studies at Lompoc school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and received a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City. He has traveled the world dancing for Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Line. He was last seen at Boston’s Shubert Theatre in Showboat (Fiddlehead Theatre Company). He has worked regionally at Moonlight Productions, Village Theatre (Seattle), San Diego Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Theatre, and numerous others. Arthur made his Boston choreographic debut with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the fall of 2016 (Fiddlehead Theatre). Arthur is proud to be a producer on the Broadway production of Head Over Heels featuring the music of the Go Go’s and Boston favorite Rachel York. He recently wrapped on his first feature film Isn’t it Romantic starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth.
Arthur Gomez – Ensemble
Arthur Gomez (Ensemble) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Local Boston actor, Arthur studied at Salem State University and has been based in Boston ever since. His past credits include The Nether (Flat Earth Theatre Company), Lost Tempo (Boston Playwrights Theater), and Amadeus (Moonbox Productions). Thank you for supporting live theatre.
Ricardo Holguin – Gabriel/Ensemble
Ricardo Holguin (Gabriel/Ensemble) is making his Lyric Stage debut. He obtained his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Conservatory credits include Assassins, The Light in the Piazza, and HAIR. Boston credits include Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof (New Repertory Theatre), Altar Boyz (Stoneham Theatre), LaChiusa’s The Wild Party (Moonbox Productions), and Guys and Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre). Other credits include The Who’s Tommy,and Shrek the Musical (Laredo Theater Guild International). Ricky also had the privilege to be praised and workshopped by Richard Maltby, David Shire, Didi Conn, and Adam Guettel. Ricky is from Laredo, Texas and currently resides in East Boston. His next show will be 1776 in late fall (New Rep).
Diego Klock-Pérez* – Esteban
Diego Klock-Pérez (Esteban) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Diego was born and raised in Miami, Fl. He was most recently seen in In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre. Favorite credits include The Odd Couple, A Chorus Line, and La Cage aux Folles (Summer Repertory Theatre, Santa Rosa). New World School of the Arts and the Boston Conservatory. Love is the answer. Special thanks to Linda Chin and Paul Daigneualt. DIEGOKLOCKPEREZ.COM
Davron S. Monroe* – Marcos
Davron S. Monroe* (Marcos) is returning to the Lyric Stage after having appeared in The Wiz, Camelot, Company, My Fair Lady, City of Angels, Sweeney Todd, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Mikado, Avenue Q, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Musical theatre credits include The Little Mermaid (Company Theatre), Man of La Mancha (New Rep), Godspell (Moonbox Productions), Hairspray (Reagle Music Theatre), Dreamgirls, Jesus Christ Superstar, Children of Eden, Songs for a New World(premiere, Key West Symphony, Broadway Across America), Smokey Joe’s Café, Cinderella, Streakin’!, a ’70s musical revue, Sweet Charity, Brigadoon, and Show Boat. Cabaret: The All Night Strut. Opera: fully staged or concert/scene productions of Carmen, Treemonisha, Porgy and Bess, La finta giardiniera, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor, La fille du régiment, L’élisir d’amore, Così fan tutte, Die Fledermaus, The Tailor of Gloucester, The Gondoliers, Aida, and Die Zauberflöte. Mr. Monroe premiered the role of Thomas Edison in Juventas’s New Music Group production of Light and Power. He has also appeared with many orchestral and vocal organizations, such as Boston Landmarks Orchestra (Lost in the Stars – a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, and The Chariot Jubilee), the First Church UU, Belmont, the Brevard Music Center (finalist, Orlando Opera’s Heinz Rehfuss Singing Actor Awards), Disney Entertainment’s Voices of Liberty, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Key West Symphony (young artist), Houston Ebony Opera Guild, the New England Spiritual Ensemble, New England Voices, the Longy School Orchestra, and many other organizations throughout the greater Boston area. Davron is the first recipient of the Bob Jolly Award for up-and-coming local actors.
Luis Negron* – Warden
Luis Negron (Warden) returns to the Lyric Stage having performed here in Lisa Loomer’s Living Out. Luis was last seen in Boston in In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre, IRNE and Elliot Norton Awards, Best Ensemble). Other credits include work with local companies such as the Huntington Theatre, Wellesley Rep, SpeakEasy Stage, New Rep, Seacoast Rep, Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Brandeis, Hibernian Hall, and Zeitgeist Stage. Luis has also collaborated with various companies to bring free Shakespeare to the parks of Cambridge. Past productions have included Othello, As You Like It, Macbeth, Pericles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing. Next up after Kiss of the Spider Woman – 1776 at New Rep. Member: Actors’ Equity Association, StageSource.
Felton Sparks – Ensemble
Felton Sparks (Ensemble) is making his Lyric Stage debut. Select Boston acting credits include O Beautiful, Lizzie Stranton, A Chorus Line, The Antigone Project, Stuart Little, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Sparks placed first runner up in the Jerry Herman Awards LA 2014 for Leading Male Singer and was nominated for Best Choreography. Last summer he choreographed the world premiere production of The Midvale High School Fiftieth Reunion (Nora Theatre Company), which has since been produced by the Public Theatre in NYC. He recently danced with Anna Myer’s BeHeard.World Company in their new show The Body Language Project. He recently graduated Emerson College with a B.F.A. in Theatre and Performance with a minor in Dance. Many thanks to my teachers, my friends, my love, and my parents for pushing me and believing in me.
Lance-Patrick Strickland – Ensemble
Lance-Patrick Strickland (Ensemble) returns to the Lyric Stage having appeared as a Munchkin in last season’s The Wiz. He is a graduate of Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Musical Theater. Some of his previous Boston credits include Carousel (Reagle Music Theater), Catch Me if You Can (Boston Conservatory), In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theater), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theater). He would like to thank his family and friends for always giving him endless encouragement in all of his endeavors.
Katrina Zofia – Marta
Katrina Zofia (Marta) is from Providence, RI and is making her Lyric Stage debut. She is a proud graduate of Providence College where she received a B.A in Theatre Arts, History, and Women’s Studies and is currently in her final year at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee studying for her M.F.A in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include: Another Roll of the Dice (Boson Conservatory), Cabaret (Moonbox Productions), Seussical and In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theatre), Spring Awakening (Wilbury Theatre Group), Cyrano, and Much Ado About Nothing (Mutiny Theatre Project). She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support and love. Instagram: @katrinazofia.
Rachel Bertone – Director/ Choreographer
Rachel Bertone (Director/Choreographer) returns to the Lyric Stage after directing and choreographing Gypsy last season. Direction/Choreography: Carousel
(IRNE Award, Best Choreography), In the Heights (IRNE Award Best Musical), The Wild Party (IRNE Award Best Musical), Cabaret, Barnum, Show Boat, Musical of Musicals, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Brundibar, But the Giraffe, and Creative License. Recent choreography credits: West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot, My Fair Lady, South Pacific, Les Misérables, A New Brain, Floyd Collins, Lucky Stiff, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Company, Camelot, City of Angels, Big River, and Animal Crackers. Assistant Director credits: Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables, South Pacific, and Bye, Bye, Birdie. Bertone has served on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Emerson College, and The American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. She holds a B.F.A. from The Boston Conservatory. Special thanks to Spiro for his mentorship and continued collaborations.
Janie E. Howland** – Scenic Design
Janie E. Howland** (Scenic Design) has called the Lyric Stage home for 25 years, recently having designed Gypsy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Anna Christie. Other recent designs: Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage), A Piece of my Heart (Wellesley Rep), Art Makes Sense CONSENSES Exhibit (Mass MOCA), 1984 (BCT). Other shows include Cabaret (Moonbox Theatre), The Owl Answers (Harvard), Urban Nutcracker (Tony Williams Dance Center). Other venues include Lynn Redgrave Theatre (NY), Emerson Majestic, New Rep, Weston Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Odyssey Opera, Central Square Theatre, ASP, Speakeasy Stage Company, Ohio Star Theatre, A.R.T. Institute, Boston Conservatory, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Seacoast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Studio 210. Brandeis University M.F.A.; four-time Elliot Norton Award winner, four-time IRNE Award winner; adjunct faculty at Emerson College, Wellesley College. USA Local 829. JANIEHOWLAND.COM
Marian Bertone – Costume Design
Marian Bertone (Costume Design) has been designing costumes in the Boston area for over 30 years. She was the costume designer at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (dance), Walnut Hill School (dance and theater), Prometheus Dance, and Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater. Theater credits include Barnum (IRNE Award, Best Costume Design), The Wild Party, Musical of Musicals, Cabaret (Moonbox Productions), In the Heights (Wheelock Family Theater), 42nd Street, Anything Goes, West Side Story, Grease, Once On This Island, Spring Awakening, and numerous plays including, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Vanya and Sonya and Mash and Spike (Walnut Hill School). Ballet credits include several Nutcrackers, Balanchine’s Serenade and Who Cares, numerous original classical and contemporary repertory pieces, and remounts of Mark Morris’ Gloria, Doug Varone’s Lux, and Joe Cvala’s The Red Walls.
Frank Meissner, Jr.** – Lighting Design
Franklin Meissner, Jr.** (Lighting Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after designing the lighting for Gypsy, Company, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd (IRNE award), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Avenue Q, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Understudy, and According To Tip. His work has also been seen Off and Off-Off Broadway in NYC, at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (IRNE award), New Repertory Theatre (three IRNE awards), Wheelock Family Theatre (Elliot Norton award), The Boston Conservatory, Stoneham Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Northeastern University, Central Square Theatre, the North Shore Music Theatre, the SouthShore Music Circus, Sanders Theatre, various corporate events and colleges around the state, and at 40 Carnegie Hall performances. Mr. Meissner is a member of United Scenic Artists. For more information:
FranklinMeissner.com. For Abby.
Andrew Duncan Will – Sound Design
Andrew Duncan Will (Sound Design) previously designed Gypsy, Murder For Two, Company, Sondheim on Sondheim, Dear Elizabeth, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, and One Man Two Guvnors for the Lyric Stage. Recent local sound designs include productions for Boston Public Works, Stoneham Theatre, Fresh Ink, Hasty Pudding, SpeakEasy Stage, Bad Habit Productions, Flotsam Productions, Gloucester Stage, Puppet Showplace Theater, Company One, New Rep, Fresh Ink, Commonwealth Shakespeare, The Poets’ Theatre, and the A.R.T. Institute. Andrew received an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Boston University.
Johnathan Carr – Projection Design
Johnathan Carr (Projection Design) returns to the Lyric Stage after designing By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Into the Woods, Red Hot Patriot, City of Angels, and Hold These Truths. Boston design credits include An Octoroon (Company One), HEAR WORD!, Pippin (American Repertory Theater), The Man Who (Harvard), Searching for Signal (ToUch Performance Art). New York: H4 (Resonance Ensemble), Same River (Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble). He currently teaches at Harvard College’s Theater, Dance, and Media concentration with fellow show designer Andrew Will.
J. T. Turner – Fight Choreography
J.T. Turner (Fight Choreography) is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, and returns to the Lyric Stage having staged fights for Camelot, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Company among others. He is delighted to be working with Rachel Bertone again, having choreographed fights for her Carousel, The Wild Party, and Cabaret. JTTURNER.ORG
L. Arkansas Light – Production Stage Manager
L. Arkansas Light* (Production Stage Manager) is thrilled to be returning to the Lyric Stage where she previously stage managed Assassins, Never the Sinner, The Judas Kiss, No Way to Treat a Lady, And the World Goes ‘Round, Sideman, Inspecting Carol and The Curse of the Bambino. Other Stage Manager credits include: Allegiance, The Bridges of Madison County, Significant Other, Bootycandy and Necessary Monsters (SpeakEasy Stage Co), Edward II, The Comedy of Errors, MacBeth, Medea, The Hotel Nepenthe (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Back the Night, Absence, Windowmen, Legally Dead,Mortal Terror, The River Was Whiskey (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), Shear Madness (Charles Playhouse) and The Christmas Revels (Revels, Inc, Sanders Theatre). She has also worked locally with The Nora Theatre Co, Underground Railway, The Greater Boston Stage Co, Brandeis Theatre Co, and The Publick Theatre. She holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. from Purdue University.
Nerys Powell – Assistant Stage Manager
Nerys Powell (Assistant Stage Manager) was the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for Gypsy and The Wiz, and the Production Stage Manager for Orlando and Hold These Truths, all last season. Nerys holds a B.A. in English Literature from the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.
* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
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Press & Reviews
“Very, very powerful!”
“Director-choreographer Rachel Bertone’s stirring production at Lyric Stage Company of Boston makes a pretty good case that the distinctive merits of the musical adaptation should be recognized by contemporary audiences, particularly when anchored by a trio as accomplished and committed as Eddy Cavazos, Taavon Gamble, and Lisa Yuen. …the musical steadily, almost sneakily, intensifies its hold on you, scene by scene.”
A wrenching escape into fantasy in Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ | The Boston Globe
“Rachel Bertone takes this epic musical and brings out the dramatic and comic moments perfectly and provides dynamite choreography for the Spiderwoman’s many numbers while Dan Rodriguez supplies the musical direction for this Kander and Ebb Tony Award winning show.”
“For an emotion packed seldom done musical treat, be sure to catch ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ where you will laugh and cry in all the right places with the splendid direction, choreography, musical direction and talent of this cast. Run do not walk to the box office.”
Lyric’s KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN a Gritty, Liberating Love Story | The Theater Mirror
“Taavon Gamble, one of the more versatile actors working on the Boston stage today, is superb as Valentin. He allows himself to be affected by Molina and we watch, scene by scene, as his character breaks down the protective layer he’s built around himself.”
“Lisa Yuen, as Aurora, is the epitome of femininity and glamour; it is easy to see why the effeminate Molina is so taken with her”
“You don’t want to miss this remarkable production, where fine acting, singing, dancing and storytelling merge to create an experience that will stay with you long after the applause has faded.”
Lyric Casts a Seductive Spell with “Kiss of the Spider Woman” | The Theater Mirror
“Eddy Cavazos is superb as Molina. His body language speaks as much to the audience as do his lines. He moves about the stage with a patience that proves very effective for conveying the depth of the character of Molina.”
Lyric Stage’s Kiss Of The Spider Woman Spins An Interesting Web | Boxing over Broadway
“The design work here is riveting. Jake E. Howland surrounds the prison cell with weblike latices of wire fencing and ironwork that lean in with brutal psychological oppression. Franklin Meissner, Jr.’s lighting literally casts a pall over the scene, with slats of light that fall across the set with noirish moodiness. Marian Bertone’s costumes feel like a mix and match of repressive regimes, with hints of Castro’s Cuba and Franco’s Spain. Jonathan Carr creates projections that bring the play’s cinematic references to life, and lend the production its own filmic qualities.”
Kiss of the Spider Woman | Edge Media Network
“The score by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret) is exquisitely rich and soulfully satisfying.“
“The ensemble is spot on with their singing as well as some clever dancing. Special kudos should be made to Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda*, as Molina’s mother. She produced some wonderfully powerful vocals.”
THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN | Boston and Beyond
“Director/choreographer Rachel Bertone recognized that the intimacy of the Lyric Stage – its greatest strength – also presents its greatest challenge, and expertly tailors the production numbers to the Lyric space.”
“‘Spider Woman’ is both a difficult piece to do at all and especially do well, but Lyric has pulled it off gloriously.”
UNLIKELY LOVE FLOWERS IN STIRRING ‘SPIDER WOMAN’ | On Boston Stages
“[It] had me on my feet at the end, and thinking and feeling about it long afterward.”
“An intimate, emotional ride”
“The real engine of this show is the fierce vitality of its lead actors”
Theater Review: “Kiss of the Spider Woman” — Captivity Made Memorable | The Arts Fuse
“The novel for this musical is simply brilliant. Its complex themes of human relations, acceptance and love are extremely relevant in our current society.”
“This is one of the most challenging theatrical performances I have ever experienced.”
Lisa Yuen returns to the Boston stage in ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ | The Improper Boston
“A wrenching escape into fantasy”
“What makes this show particularly fascinating is Bertone’s talent for depicting mounting tension, evident between each character who all share some sort of connection.”
“Lisa Yuen embodies the Spider Woman/Aurora with dark humor and beguiling charm…her haunting vocals are a magnetic presence”
“Cavazos and Gamble’s scenes together are riveting, both delivering shrewd and gritty performances.”
REVIEW: Lyric Stage’s ‘Kiss of the Spider Woman’ spins a fascinating web | The Sleepless Critic
“Dan Rodriguez…gets pizazz and a far bigger sound than anyone would expect from a five-piece orchestra.”
“The supporting players…make their characters come alive, even with minimal stage time, with the quality of their singing”
BWW Review: KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN: The Power of Love | Broadway World